The Speaker, or, Miscellaneous pieces: selected from the best English writers, and disposed under proper heads, for the improvement of youth in reading and speaking : to which is prefixed, an essay on elocution
John Bioren & Thomas DeSilver, 1808 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 400 pages
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-To labour, and be contest w.ith that a man hath, is a -sweet life. Be in peaee with'
- many ; nevertheless, have but ope •counsellor , of a thousand..: i; „i ,.: . :.---'.-'..
Be not confident in a plain. way* 3 Let reason go before every enterprize, and ...
Ti LABOUR. LABOUR, the offspring of Want, and the mother off Health, aud
Contentment, lived with her two daughters in a little cottage by the side of a hill, at
a great distance from Town. They were totally unacquainted with: the great, and
the counsels of Labour : she suffered herself to be debauched by intemperance,
and at last died in child birth of Disease. Contentment, in the absence of her
sister,, gave herself up to the enticements of Sloth, and was never heard of after ...
Besides, it is often as troublesome to support the pretence of a good quality as to
have it ; and if a man have it not, it is most likely he wirl be discovered to want it,
and then all his labour to seem to have it is lost. There is something UH- natural ...
Ask the swain Who journies homeward from a summer-day's Long labour, why
forgetful of his toils And due repose, he loiters to behold The sunshine gleaming
as thro' amber clouds, O'er all the western sky ? Full soon, I ween, His rude ...
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This reader was initially published as a British reader, and then imported to America. According to Henry W. Simon, it was first published in America in Philadelphia in 1799. He was unaware of this second American printing. There is also another printing -- from New York in 1812 -- of which he too was unaware. Thus far, these are the only three American printings of which I am aware. In a visit to the Harvard archives, I noticed in their records that the Institute of 1770, an early literary society there, often read aloud from Enfield in their meetings in the 1770s and 1780s (though this would have been a British version of the text, not the American one depicted here).